In the Speedsolving.com forums (another forum I belong to), there is a chat room (link). It works well there, so why can't it work here in BC?
So, I am suggesting that we add a chat room to the forums. This would enable members to talk in real time to each other. I often see people chatting about an ongoing competition in its thread, and the conversations would fit better into a chat room in my opinion and I believe this would be a useful addition to the forum.
I wouldn't know anything about what server/provider would be the best, but I think this is something to think about.